1st Edition

Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Representational Pluralism in Human Cognition Tracing Points of Convergence in Psychology, Science Education, and Philosophy of Science

    326 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    326 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Bringing together diverse theoretical and empirical contributions from the fields of social and cognitive psychology, philosophy and science education, this volume explores representational pluralism as a phenomenon characteristic of human cognition.

    Building on these disciplines’ shared interest in understanding human thought, perception and conceptual change, the volume illustrates how representational plurality can be conducive to research and practice in varied fields. Particular care is taken to emphasize points of convergence and the value of sharing discourses, models, justifications and theories of pluralism across disciplines. The editors give ample space for philosophers, cognitive scientists and educators to explicate the history and current status of representational pluralism in their own disciplines.

    Using multiple forms of research from the relational perspective, this volume will be of interest to students, scholars and researchers with an interest in cognitive psychology, as well as educational psychology and philosophy of science.

    Section 1: Introduction

    1. Introduction to representational pluralism

    Michel Bélanger, Patrice Potvin, Steven Horst, Eduardo F. Mortimer and Andrew Shtulman

    2. Bridging pluralisms

    Michel Bélanger and Patrice Potvin

    Section 2: Psychology

    3. Satisfying epistemic and existential needs: Representational pluralism across scientific domains

    Jesse D. Peregrino and Cristine H. Legare

    4. Computational modeling of representational pluralism in explanations

    Scott Friedman and Micah Goldwater

    5. Representational pluralism in the service of learning: The case of thought experiments

    Igor Bascandziev

    6. Navigating the conflict between science and intuition

    Andrew Shtulman

    Section 3: Science education

    7. From conceptual change to conceptual prevalence: What the acknowledgement of representational plurality could mean for science teaching

    Patrice Potvin

    8. Examining evidence for the effects and antecedents of plurality in revising science misconceptions

    Gregory J. Trevors, Veronica Fleury and Panayiota Kendeou

    9. Heterogeneity and pluralism in science education from the perspective of conceptual profiles

    Charbel N. El-Hani, Edenia Maria Ribeiro do Amaral and Eduardo F. Mortimer

    10. Unity in plurality: The emergence of pluralist expertise

    Michel Bélanger

    Section 4: Philosophy of science

    11. More than one right answer: An introduction to the varieties of pluralism

    Stephen H. Kellert

    12. Rise and (impending) fall of physics fundamentalism

    Paul Teller

    13. Dissipation, integration and practical pluralism: The case of cognitive science

    Rick Dale and Pablo Andrés Contreras Kallens

    14. Representational pluralism, realism and the prospects of integration

    Stéphanie Ruphy

    15. Why pluralism?

    Steven Horst


    Michel Bélanger is Professor of Science Education, University of Québec at Rimouski, Canada.

    Patrice Potvin is Professor of Science Education, University of Québec at Montréal, Canada.

    Steven Horst is Professor of Philosophy at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, USA.

    Andrew Shtulman is Professor in the Departments of Psychology & Cognitive Science, Occidental College, USA.

    Eduardo Mortimer is Professor of Science Education, Federal University of Minas Gerai, Brazil.